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  1. I don't know this to be true and I'm not all up to date on the later model Chaparral's, but the 2021 23 SSi sure looks to be the same boat as your 2012 SSi WT. Bow shape of course is different, but interior and layout to my eyes appear to be basically the same. They don't show a picture of the hull bottom so I can't tell if it has a hull pad like your boat has. Deadrise is the same at 20 degrees. No idea where the less weight is from. Maybe weighed with a Volvo Gen 5 V6 With Volvo being an option, I HIGHLY recommend going that way vs MerCruiser, especially if the boat will be equipped with the new DPS-D (Silent Shift) dual prop. I don't personally like the Volvo DPS-A, DPS-B or B1 drives as they had a rather abrupt THUNK when going into gear vs a 2005 and later model Bravo 3. Volvo is trying of course to ship out their remaining older DPS-B1 product before delivery the newer DPS-D drives to OEM's. New Volvo (GM Gen 5 V6 and V8) engines really haul a$$ vs MerCruiser's latest (older tech) engine offerings along with being lighter and more fuel efficient. Impeller changes are still a lot easier too vs MerCruiser. NOTE: hull pad can be seen in picture below (flat hull section right below the hull drain plug) Chris https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=volvo+silent+shift&cvid=57048466906c42b48e591d09f1c04120&pglt=547&PC=U531&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dvolvo%2bsilent%2bshift%26cvid%3d57048466906c42b48e591d09f1c04120%26pglt%3d547%26FORM%3dANNTA1%26PC%3dU531&view=detail&mmscn=vwrc&mid=4E67AD766D693DE70DED4E67AD766D693DE70DED&FORM=WRVORC
  2. For that era, you certainly have Mercury Thunderbolt IV ignition. At that time the lowest hp rating for the 4.3L V6 was the 175 hp 2 bbl carb model along with the 205 hp 4 bbl model. Think they stated the 2 bbl was 185 a little later on. When they switched over to the the Gen+ engines in 1996 or so they had 190 hp for the 2 bbl. Roughly 210 hp for the Gen+ 4 bbl models like the 4.3 LH/LXH When you refer to the ECM, sounds like you replaced the ignition amplifier (aka ICM - ignition control module) Back in the day they were a square large box with integrated wiring harness, then switched to a flat triangular plate mounted looking unit, and the later ones now are small square box made by Denso) Recommend taking the gray wire off the back of the tachometer gauge, and see if you get spark. A bad tach in this way is rather rare, but can screw up spark. I have seen the occasional new style ignition sensor not work right out of the box (892150K02 or Q02) Another thing to look at is the main cannon plug on the engine where the dash harness connects to the engine harness. Loosed the gear clamp, and then carefully separate the harnesses. Using a small flat screwdriver, spread the male terminals apart so they connect properly with their female counterpart when plugged back in. Be sure to only snug the gear clamp back up in place as overtightening only serves to compress the male terminals for zero benefit.
  3. Shepherd1

    1996 1830SS

    For a carb'd MerCruiser 4.3L V6, the following works well: 1 of 815407T5 or Q5 - Mercury / Quicksilver Thunderbolt V6 cap and rotor kit 6 of NGK BPR6EFS - 0.045" gap if engine serial # 0F803000 and higher (older models used NGK BR6FS with 0.035" gap) 1 of AC Delco PF-52 oil filter (I personally prefer a Wix 51036 or Napa 1036 but that's just me) 4-5 quarts of MerCruiser 25w40 marine oil - use dipstick to get correct oil level. NOTE: really like the Pela 6000 oil extractor for sucking used oil out of the crankcase. 1 of 35-802839T or Q. Mercury / Quicksilver water separating fuel filter. Seeing the boat is new to you, would recommend the drive be pulled off at the end of the season to check transom bellows, gimbal bearing, engine alignment, and then change the impeller and gear oil. An Alpha 1 Gen II requires the drive oil to be fully drained first or else a person is in for a huge mess lol. Recommend Mercury / Quicksilver high performance gear oil. Spark plug wires should have a build date code stamped on them. Typically last quite a while. Mercury / Quicksilver part # 816761Q16 Concerning the power trim pink fluid, sure looks like someone dumped some ATF into the power steering pump. ATF can be used in the power steering, but 10w30 should be used for the power trim system. For checking oil level for the power trim, ensure the drive is trimmed down all the way first. Lastly, for a prop I would recommend a Mercury Offshore Series 4 blade stainless steel. Most likely a 19" or 21" pitch, right hand rotation. Can find them readily enough on eBay. Use one on our own 186 SSi and I absolutely love it. Stays hooked up! Chris
  4. Shepherd1

    Swim Platform

    Yeah, the factory ESP would work for your model, but I don't believe that Chaparral now makes them any longer. Was what I last heard, but that was some time ago... Aftermarket ESP from say swimplatforms.com while not as nice as factory is a little larger and wider. If you're able to source an ESP from Chaparral, it will come with newer style rubrail and ss inserts vs your black factory rubrail. Below is what the same factory ESP looked like on a 2130 SS. If you go this way, highly recommend getting the Chaparral ss oval grab rail and the Chaparral boarding ladder with integrated grab rail. Makes getting on and off the ladder so much easier and safer.
  5. Hmmmm, never had to replace one of those before. I think that is probably the same part as used in 1999-2001 MerCruiser 5.7 EFI models (throttle body injection) Mercury part # 852955 Part # 12 in the link below: https://www.marinepartsplus.com/catalog/mercruiser/serialize(value)/5.7L_EFI_GM_350_V-8_1999-2001/809500 99/4856-130 No idea if the AC-Delco part is the same or not. I think the Mercury part is the same, but you'd have to contact both Volvo and Mercury to see what the original GM part # was they used to verify. Like Volvo the part is NLA from Mercury, but these places apparently have the Mercury part: Number Status Description 852955 FNLA REGULATOR KIT Qty Dealership City State Country Name Phone Number Last Updated 2 GREENE MARINE REPR WILMINGTON NC UNITED STATES 910-395-2074 02/06/2020 1 OVERBY MARINE SLS&SV KITTRELL NC UNITED STATES 252-438-5338 02/20/2013
  6. Before you pull the standard type 1 accordion style exhaust boot off, ask yourself if having less exhaust noise is important to you. I personally find the exhaust sleeve is a little too noisy for me for my personal preference and boating style where equipping the boat with either is a choice I can make. Had the exhaust sleeve installed while changing the transom bellows on my Alpha several years back, and quickly decided to have the accordion style exhaust bellow installed after going for the subsequent water test, even with the exhaust bellow being a serious PITA to install vs the exhaust sleeve which is very easy in comparison. Mercury recommends the exhaust sleeve on 350 Mag MPI and higher hp, but I always found the 350 Mag MPI engines ran with no issues with the exhaust bellow installed. 496 Mag's pretty sure always came with exhaust tube installed to help reduce increased exhaust back pressure. If you prefer a little more V8 exhaust rumble and general higher noise level, than the sleeve will be the ticket. For reference, the 'sleeve' style exhaust tube is oval shaped and is designed to slip around the exhaust 'snout' for lack of correct terminology on the Alpha or Bravo drives when the drives are trimmed down far enough.
  7. I am going to assume that your boat is roughly a MY 2001 or so and is carbureted mated to an Alpha 1 Gen II drive. If so, recommend you purchase MerCruiser service manual # 25, Mercury part # 90-861328-1. With the Alpha drive, you're going to need the shift cut out switch, which means of course you'll be able to use the Volvo long block (heads, oil pan, circulating water pump,) etc and then switching over intake, carburetor, electrical harness, 90 amp fuse on starter, exhaust, distributor, etc. etc. NOTE: care will need to be taken to ensure the donor engine is the correct version to match your current MerCruiser long block. I will try and send further information on this later today.
  8. I always liked that model; really good value for the money. Sounds like you got the optional Sport seating with twin bucket and rear bench? You're not going to like to hear the price, but I so highly recommend installing newer Chaparral premium bucket seats. What Chaparral offers as an option on SSi, Sunesta etc since MY 2010 or so. Premium bucket is standard equipment I believe on SSx line. Excellent support, easy to get in and out of and very comfortable with added benefit of being fast and easy to change directions. (companies such as Boston Whaler, Sea Ray and Cobalt, etc. could really learn a few things, as their bucket seats designs are terrible by comparison) Standard Chaparral flip-up helm bucket from the SSi line Ultra-Comfort Pedestal Seat with Flip-Up Bolster - Helm (aka Premium bucket with the 'fore-aft' and 'rotate' grab handles) Recommend calling Cecil Marine as you don't need a current model year, any of that style from last 10+ year will do. My colour of vinyl is not a 100% match to original upholstery, but you'll care not once you're sitting down in it vs the original bucket seat. Night and day difference, especially in rough water. To save some money, I only installed the standard flip up bolster SSi seat for drivers helm seat, and installed matching colour premium bucket (with pull up handles) for passenger bucket to aid in spotter being able to change seat direction very quick and easily. This style of seat is a little wider than stock 2001 SSi bucket, which in turn may be have a tad bit wider than stock SSe buckets. Seat will bolt right on to your current seat pedastals if wanted or present. OEM seat pedastal was Garelick I believe. Not going to help you that much, but here is a link to previous Chaparral parts guides. http://chaparralboats.com/Content.php?content=parts_guides I know my 2001 186 SSi used this Garelick seat pedastal. Chaparral Premium bucket seats mated right up to them. https://www.greatlakesskipper.com/garelick-boat-seat-pedestal-base-75907-30-2-7-8-dia-x-7-aluminum Fast forward to 1:28 minute mark or so to see basic operation of the Ultra-Comfort bucket seat (used to be known as Premium bucket seat) https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=chaparral+257+ssx+review+australia&&view=detail&mid=269A263FB9CA79D4C1E0269A263FB9CA79D4C1E0&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dchaparral%2B257%2Bssx%2Breview%2Baustralia%26FORM%3DHDRSC3 For carpet, I believe you have glued on cockpit carpet? (non cockpit liner equipped model) Others on here will hopefully chime in with hard won experience and preference. Lastly, if your boat does not have an extended swim platform, I cannot say enough about how they enhance the usability and safety once installed. Totally transforms the boat for the better. Probably the # 1 upgrade IMHO for that generation of boat if everything else is sound. Installing SeaDek or Gatorstep, etc. makes it that much more comfortable. https://swimplatforms.com/make/chaparral/?_sft_model=200-205-sse-le-ssi-mi Sincerely apologize if my recommendations are way off base budget wise. Sometimes when in the grip of the Great White North, the very thought of warm sunny weather gets me a little light headed. Chris
  9. If you can swing the extra weight from the camper, recommend going with the 19' as it simply rides better. Haven't driven the 21' but willing to bet it rides better again than the 19'. (never have been a fan of the 3.0L L4 Iron Duke, EFI or carb'd) Should a smoother ride be wanted regardless of which model to like, you could always install Smart Tabs or full on Lenco or Bennett trim tabs. I REALLY like Zipwake, but it's not a cheap system. For owners with boats who want to do water sports, the advantage with Zipwake is there is virtually no change to wave shape from stock (no trim tabs installed) when the blades/interceptors are not wanted to be deployed (system turned off) http://www.zipwake.com/
  10. $ 14,915 + tax in CAD for a FWD B-2 drive (current spec) So far as I understand, a person should be able to bolt on in place of a DPS-A or B. I believe that very large trim tabs will be required to help make the size of wake a person may be wanting, or what I think would be better is to source and install a Malibu Surf Gate if at all possible as I'm not a big fan of the big multi-section trim tab plates on say a Cobalt WSS Surf series. Another thing to consider is possible modifications required to the trailer frame. No real improvements I don't think can or need to be made to the Volvo forward facing drives. My experience has been they work fine provided they don't hit 'hard' water. Lastly, unless you have Perfect Pass or necessary equivalent that will allow operator to dial in the desired boat speed, factor in that cost and install.
  11. Shepherd1

    237 ssx?

    If you want power and fuel economy, than I would recommend getting a Volvo powered model with the 5.3L V8 300 DP (GM Gen V) version. Will cost some money, but it has greater real world power than the MerCruiser 6.2L and weighs almost 200 lbs less. Can feel the power on tap at 4/5 throttle. If you need to go V6, than the new Volvo 4.3L Gen V beats the MerCruiser 4.5 V6 (which was based off the old GM 4.3L) As others have said, water sports requires power. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=volvo+4.3L+gen+v&ru=%2fvideos%2fsearch%3fq%3dvolvo%2b4.3L%2bgen%2bv%26FORM%3dHDRSC3&view=detail&mid=3573793BCD2B21948A5F3573793BCD2B21948A5F&&FORM=VDRVRV
  12. Please don't go with a jet boat with or without ballast bags sir. F'n suck...loud, thirsty on fuel, don't really like to cruise. agh. Just my jaundiced opinion.
  13. Just my opinion, but if you're boating on a lake, I think the 233 Sunesta would make a great first boat. All Sunesta's built before 2008 will have low deadrise so rough water usage should be considered beforehand. If rough water is going to be an issue, than I would opt for the 230 SSi as that was my favourite model in that size range for that time period hands down. Could handle the rough stuff, lots of space for passengers and gear, deep free board and handled like a dream. Boat is no harder to handle really than a 18' or 20' model. Regardless, for that time period Chaparral had bolt on extended swim platforms which were optional from the factory. NLA from the factory, but if you were looking at a model like the 233 Sunesta, than I would HIGHLY recommend installing an aftermarket ESP along with SeaDek or Gatorback, etc. Best 2 mods in my experience that can be done for a boat of that generation. Wife and kids spend A LOT of time at the back of the boat when we're swimming (picture below is not my family but they're doing the same things) For power, I recommend MerCruiser 350 Mag MPI with a Bravo 3 dual prop drive, or Volvo 5.7 Gi DP dual prop. (Volvo 5.7 GXi engine made more hp) The single prop Alpha 1 or SX drives didn't provide as much thrust or fuel economy as the dual prop drives. https://swimplatforms.com/platform/chaparral-232-233-sunesta-m-swim-platform/ Lastly, if you're looking for models from Chaparral from that time period, click on the link below for pdf of old brochures.
  14. I don't own one, but up here in our local area, granite shoals are not kind to them as they don't enjoy the same level of protection as a standard B3 or DPS-A or B. Props are exposed. Just had the techs install a complete new drive yesterday where the owner had hit several times and then the drive failed. Could see the bend with naked eye of the outer propshaft from last impact. Cost a little more than a standard DPS-A or B for replacement. For usage, my biggest concerns when in the water are the lack of ability to trim up for shallow areas, and very little room between drive and road when trailering, and turn circle is a somewhat larger when underway than standard DPS-A or B. Having said that, the pros are the forward facing drive allows a quieter boating experience from exhaust being further under the boat, allows making a larger wake for water sports along with greater wave shape control, a little more control around the dock, and slightly better performance for getting on plane. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=forward+facing+drive+on+trailer&&view=detail&mid=4E9FEFB8D2D4731E62BE4E9FEFB8D2D4731E62BE&rvsmid=3D903A8C461B8531DB653D903A8C461B8531DB65&FORM=VDRVRV
  15. What powertrain do you have? MerCruiser or Volvo, 3.0L L4 or 4.3L V6. Carb'd or EFI? Lastly, do the gauges work properly when you turn the key to the 'on' position?
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